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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 21 March 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY and COVER REVEAL – MARIA HENRIKSEN

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY and COVER REVEAL – MARIA HENRIKSEN

I have my eye on the prize- the publication of my very first novel! I’m excited! I’m scared! I’m emotional!”

 

This is huge for me and I need all the support I can get. So, thank you for reading this. Thank you for your continued support whether it’s a quick simple prayer that I don’t lose my mind or a Facebook note stating, “You got this!” or even a Facebook thumbs up on my posts. I need the encouragement. I didn’t know how excruciating and cut throat this business can be.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Maria T. Henriksen.

 

FAST FAVES

Dogs or Cats  – Dogs

Facebook or Twitter – Facebook

Paperback or Kindle – Paperback

 

rem:  Hullo Maria! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

MARIA:  I was raised in Delaware County outside of Philadelphia, PA. I live about 45 minutes north of there in Montgomery County.

rem:  Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

MARIA:  I’m a terrible typist. Ironic, I know.

I often feel like a teenager. Maybe it’s because I live and breathe teenagers; I teach them, I am a parent to them, I write about them, I’m often mistaken for them. I know that’s hard to believe, but I get that frequently. (rem: you DO look rather like a teen… )

I feel like I have yet to accomplish anything significant in my life and I hope that this novel will put those feelings at ease once it’s published. (P’SHAW!! You’re a teacher—that’s like the most significant thing you can do!)

rem:  What is your favourite quotation and why?

MARIA:  Live, love, laugh. It’s so simple and sums up how we should embrace life.

rem:  So simple, and so profound. What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

MARIA:  Axio, an energy drink packet. It is also a mood enhancer and provides better mental acuity.

rem:  I’m sure you need it being a teacher! What’s your all-time favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

MARIA:  Cinema Paradiso in Italian with subtitles. I know, you probably never heard of it.

Friends. I could sit all day and watch re-runs. I have to tell my kids to shut it off or I get sucked in its vortex.

rem:  You’re right, I’ve not heard of it—but I’m the same with shows I do watch! Can we say #bingewatching…  If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

MARIA:  Bible times during Jesus’s life to witness the Sermon on the Mount because I truly believe that I would be in awe of His live teachings.

rem:  Amen! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

MARIA:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13) I love this verse because it is a reminder to put my faith in Christ and in doing so, I can accomplish anything. It is also my protagonist’s mantra.

rem:  Such a good reminder that what we do is in Him, and not of our own strength! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

MARIA:  Miss Brenda from my novel because she is genuine, caring, selfless, and a prayer warrior with a heart of gold.

 

rem:  I can’t wait to meet (read) her. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

MARIA:  I think it is important to make Christ the center of our lives, so by reading about it, He is still the focus. As a reader, you’re not far off in a fantasy world void of our Savior if you are reading content with Christ in it.

I love this next question. Being a novelist has definitely brought me closer to the Lord. I have had to rely on God every step of the way. I have had to pray about what to write, what to edit, what to add, who to trust to help me along the way, what I should spend money on regarding the publication and so much more. My novel was inspired by God. I never knew what He wanted me to write until I sat down to type it. Publishing a novel is the hardest thing I have ever done and I have boy/girl teenage twins!

rem:  For all that it’s true in any calling, there is something about making words to share, that truly draws us in to rely on Him. Literally for every word. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

MARIA:  I don’t like it when stories are long and drawn out with a lot of brooding.

rem:  What would you do if you weren’t writing?

MARIA:  Run. I love running and would love to run a marathon.

rem:  OY! I’ve never been much of a runner but I love to walk. I’d walk a marathon with you. What are you reading right now?

MARIA:  It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore, Release The Past and Embrace Your Future by Dr. Arvis Murrell. It’s Christian nonfiction.

rem:  So hard to do, though, isn’t it—release the past? What do you munch on while you write?

MARIA:  I don’t really munch on anything. I have a water bottle next to me at all times.

rem:  Such discipline! (said the perpetual muncher) Your degree is in communication and journalism. How did that translate into writing a book?

MARIA:  Comm/Journ is basically writing in different forms. I have always enjoyed writing and received excellent grades and praise for my writing. As a major, it’s probably lends itself to writing a novel more than most majors.

rem:  Words is words, after all. You’ve had your hand in a variety of things—graphic arts, wellness, finance, and most recently education. Which was your favorite and why?

MARIA:  I would have to say education, because I am able to interact with students and hopefully make an immediate impact in their lives through helping them learn and discover. In fact, I inspired a student to write a novel.

rem:  I wanted to be a teacher at one point in my life. Will have to settle for living vicariously through my characters. (I have 4 teachers in my new series.) Wee bit off topic, but one of particular interest to me—you are the mom to twins. What’s the best thing about having twins? The hardest?

MARIA:  I joked about having twins earlier, but quite frankly they are a blessing and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I actually think it’s easier having twins than having kids of different ages. My kids are at the same stage in their lives which makes it so much easier as a parent. They are very different in looks and personality, so we get variety there. At this point, the hardest thing is teaching them to drive. They both need to get their time in behind the wheel and as a working mom and novelist, I have to defer to my husband to teach them how to drive. Not to mention he is a much better driver than I am. I can teach just about anything, but driving is where I draw the line.

rem:  I’ve always been fascinated with twins and multiples. Wished I was one, wished I had had twins. But, I’ll have to settle for living vicariously… Tell us a little about your writing journey.

MARIA:  I wrote and illustrated books when I was in third grade. I loved it! I dreamed of writing a novel since high school, perhaps even younger, but I was never much of a reader until my thirties. I decided that I needed to read in order to write, so I set out to read as much as possible. I started my novel about ten years ago. It took about six months maximum to write while working during the day. I put it on the proverbial shelf until about two years ago when I finally decided to get it published.

rem:  It is such a daunting process! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

MARIA: I wrote my novel in my finished basement at my desk on a desktop computer. I started after the kids went to bed and wrote until about 2 am. Since then, I progressed to the modern age and write using a laptop. Now I work anywhere. I especially enjoy writing while sitting on a lounge chair on my patio that my husband built with primitive tools.

rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

MARIA:  The writing is the easy part. It’s trying to figure out how to promote your book without breaking the bank or having a break down.(rem: no kidding!)  I have also had many technical difficulties with my computer. My formatting was destroyed after spending hours manually formatting it to create certain aesthetics. I took it to the Geek Squad several times and was a wreck. I tried to remain calm to no avail. Instead, I made jokes in an attempt to keep some composure. Ultimately, I would be a complete mess if I didn’t exercise regularly, pray constantly and meditate. Recently, I made getting proper rest a priority because I was only getting a few hours of sleep each night. I was not only irritable, but I was completely unable to function after several nights of insufficient rest. Thus, the Axio energy packet in my bag.

rem:  So sorry about the computer and formatting nightmare. But good on you for treating yourself with TLC. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

MARIA:  The element of surprise. I never know what I am going to write.

rem:  Amen, Sister!! #PantzersUnite  Your debut novel, Not Again, releases soon. Tell us about why you wrote this book.

MARIA:  At first, I wanted to write about what I know, me. Then I realized that my life is boring, so the Lord led me in another direction. In the end, I believe the Lord inspired me to write a story to help teens deal with stress and to deal with the pressures of sex in a more realistic and relatable fashion with some much needed comic relief to compensate for the weighty mature topics.

rem:  Powerful stuff. What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

MARIA:  There have been so many challenges! Technical issues, waiting on people to get back to me for various different reasons, trying to figure out how to navigate the very complicated world of publishing with its acronyms, terminology… In the beginning I never knew what anyone was referring to, so I asked. I still don’t know what people are talking about half the time. If I knew then what I know now in terms of challenges, I may not have written my novel.

Perhaps the easiest for me would be the fun part that feeds my gregarious nature, promoting on social media. I am very active on FB where I have an author FB page, Maria T. Henriksen, author that I write mostly inspirational and scriptural posts. I want my page to be a place where friends/followers/readers can go to be lifted up, to learn and grow. The opportunity to interact with people around the world feeds my soul. I find that part is easy and relaxing as well as inspirational for me. I recently became more active on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest as well and I have a website/blog that helps people to connect with me. Mariathenriksen.com

rem:  How did you choose your characters’ names?

MARIA:  I loved the name Christina since I was a child and I love roses, so I named my protagonist Christina De Rosa. I like the name Avery, but it’s only been the last few years that I heard of it and I wanted a simple generic last name to go with that was close to D for De Rosa in the alphabet, so I chose Evans. I like the names Morgan and Katie, so I named Christina’s best friends those names. Some of the other names I used are from friends and family. If I don’t like a character I might choose a name that I don’t like.

rem:  That’s so fun. Did you think of the entire story before you start writing?

MARIA:  Absolutely not! I didn’t think of much before I started writing.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

MARIA:  I love the characters in my book because they are true to life. In fact, they inspired me to forgive. You should read this book to be lifted up in difficult times. I strongly feel that God inspired me to write this novel to help others cope with trials and tribulations. While I was writing/revising I was going through some challenging stuff (neck surgery) and the Lord helped me through it by providing me with techniques to help me deal with the stress. I, in turn, incorporated them into the story. Furthermore, I think that teens today are so inundated with sex and pressured to have sex outside the marriage bed, so I wanted to create likeable, realistic characters that experience the same pressures but handle it differently than the way society deems acceptable.

rem:  Kudos to you for your efforts!! Please give us the first page of the book.

MARIA:  This is the Prelude:

            NO! NOOO! NO! STOP, PLEASE STOP!” For two  whole  glorious  years,  I  cherished a

little, yappy dog, named Mugsy, from the moment I laid eyes on him in 1977, at the age of nine. Our neighbors from down the street, the Martins, gave us the puppy from their dog’s litter, shortly after my parents, brother, and I moved to our newly constructed house in the sleepy town of Pennsford, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

            The Martins kept one of the puppies, a skinny honey-colored, short-haired, homely looking runt with short pointed ears, a bushy tail, and a short temper. He was named Elvis, as an ode to the recently departed.

            I found the contrast between my Mugsy and Elvis humorous. Mugsy was the cutest mutt. He was a Shih Apso, a combination of a Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. His fur was sandy brown and soft. His ears were floppy and bounced when he walked. They came from the same litter, yet one looked scrappy like he needed bathing, and the other dog, my canine buddy, was lovable, soft, clean, and ready to be hugged.

            Mugsy and I shared a special relationship in the fleeting time she graced us with her presence. Sometimes I pretended it was Mugsy and I against the world. She was always there for me, ready with licks and cuddles, unconditionally.

 

rem:  What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

MARIA:  I hope that my readers will become closer in their walk with the Lord; to depend on the Lord for everything; that the Lord will put people in their path to help them during trying times; that the Lord will provide them with coping mechanisms to reduce stress.

rem:  Like puppies. #justkidding sWhat’s next? Is there another book or a sequel?

MARIA:  Yes, I started a sequel. Not Again, the Fallout. The sequel will expound on a theme that was started in book 1 and will introduce another extremely important theme that the readers will greatly appreciate.

rem:  Anything you’d like to add?

MARIA:  My greatest hope is that readers will come to know the Lord through my novel, since that’s the greatest gift anyone can receive.

rem:  Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

 

 

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https://twitter.com/MariatHenriksen

https://www.instagram.com/maria_t_henriksen/

 

GIVEAWAY

Maria is giving a $10 Amazon gift card.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Thursday 21 March and end at 12:00 A.M. on Thursday 28 March. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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What Do Ya Say?

Hey, hey, hey! What do ya say?

This is my first step to start blogging away.

Let’s write something relevant, something fun

I don’t want this to be one and done

Looking to share life’s wonders

in the midst of life’s blunders

Follow me and you will see

me in you and you in me

I won’t be shy

to share my why

A few keyboard clicks

Reveals what makes me tick

So stick around

for life’s profound

 

NOT AGAIN COVER REVEAL

Christina De Rosa has a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust.

In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a “normal” teenager. Meanwhile, Christina’s spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she’s riddled with guilt and shame.

A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can’t  extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves.

In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision. Will she give her heart, body and soul to the ever popular, Avery Evans?

Will Christina’s nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?

Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.

*This is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn’t come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages. Bring tissues.

 

AND NOW…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it lovely!!

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Maria Henriksen, Giveaway, Cover Reveal, Not Again

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 August 2018 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL– WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME by PEPPER BASHAM

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL – WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME by PEPPER BASHAM

 

Welcome to the official COVER REVEAL blitz for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! When You Look At Me is the 2nd book in the Pleasant Gap Romance series and releases in October 2018.

 

THE BLURB:

An unexpected mother-to-be

A romance-leery composer

And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures.

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

 

THE AUTHOR:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

CONNECT: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

 

 

 

Ready…..

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Reveal!!

Yay!! Isn’t it pretty?!? Is It October yet??

Available for Preorder this Friday, 17 August.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

 

Enter for your chance to win:

  • print copy of Just the Way You Are (book #1 in the series)
  • a cute ‘Britallachian’ mug – “We go together like tea and biscuits”

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm August 22, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along with the tour at JustRead for a full list of stops!

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Cover Reveal, When You Look at Me, Pleasant Gap Romance, Just the Way You Are

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Saturday 12 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT and COVER REVEAL

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

 

SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT and COVER REVEAL

 

I was content living on the Walden Plantation. I had my friend, Clover, and was friends with the other children who lived on our lane.

Of course, all the other children out on our lane were Negro children. And they didn’t attend the schoolhouse where I did. I had to go all the way to Pascalville School but Clover and the other Negro children didn’t have to walk so far; Walden Schoolhouse was right here on the plantation.

I didn’t have so many friends at school on account of I lived on the plantation with the slaves. I knew they weren’t slaves anymore—I had studied about the war and how they were free now. What they didn’t teach us and what I didn’t understand way why some of the people thought they owned other people like they owned horses and such. I knew Mamá didn’t like them, leastways she didn’t like me to play with them. But we lived more like the slaves ever did than those who owned them.

Not all of my classmates were so mean as that, though. Lucy Mae was friendly enough to me, and she didn’t have a dress so fancy as Hester MacBee. Hester MacBee wore frilly dresses like… like I didn’t know who it was I saw in my mind. Somebody prissy, though, with black plaits and black leather boots and a lacy parasol that nobody ever did need at school.

Hester never did tote a parasol and she didn’t have black hair, neither, but she did have a lacy pinafore and her hair always was ever so curly.

Not like my hair. My hair was ratty sometimes on account of I didn’t have a brush to brush it with. And my dress was sometimes dirty on account of the dusty road when I walked home.

Lucy Mae’s mamá, she gave me supper sometimes when I walked to her house with Lucy Mae. And she said I could have some of Lucy Mae’s dresses, too. But I didn’t think Mamá would be so happy if I took Lucy Mae’s dress so I said no.

Mostly, though, I played with Clover when school was done, and sometimes with some of the other Negro children. Once they saw Clover was my friend they were my friends, too. And even their mammies and pappies didn’t mind if ever I came around so long as I didn’t get caught by Mr. Walden or one of his men.

 

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

 

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

WAIT FOR IT…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAIT FOR IT…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAIT FOR IT…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 isn’t she just gorgeous!!!

 

 

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, The Whispering Winds of Spring, Seasons Book 4, Excerpt and Cover Reveal

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Friday 11 May 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS by JOANNE DEMAIO and COVER REVEAL DAY SIX

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS by JOANNE DEMAIO and COVER REVEAL DAY SIX

 

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.

After years of pursuing a denim design career, Maris Carrington never imagined trading her Chicago studio for a New England shingled cottage. But a forgotten home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer … One of uncovering family secrets while settling her father’s estate, one of inheriting a forlorn German shepherd, one of reconnecting with old friends on a weathered boardwalk, beneath starlit skies on a beach nestled in a crook of the Connecticut coast.

Her design career had become a shell, curving around her like the intricate whorls of a conch, shielding her until now. Until fried clam dinners and carousel rides beckon a lost love. But can Maris ever really go back? Can these beach friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of her circle is dead; another unemployed and struggling in a tenuous marriage; another regretting a fateful decision; while one is missing a mother, ever seeking a connection she longs for.

To the backdrop of seaside cottages and a boarded up beach hangout, to the soundtrack of whispering lagoon grasses and a vintage jukebox, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans asks if we can really design our own lives, or if our fate lies somewhere in the stars.

 

JOANNE DEMAIO is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. The latest beach books in her seaside saga include BEACH BLUES, BEACH BREEZE, THE BEACH INN and most recently, BEACH BLISS. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

To learn more, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers at Facebook.com/JoanneDeMaioAuthor

 

 

Long Island Sound’s lazy breaking waves chase her back onto the sand.

 

Cover reveal Saturday 12 May.

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, Joanne DeMaio, Seasons Book 4, The Whispering Winds of Spring, Cover Reveal Day Six

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 9 May 2018 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM and COVER REVEAL DAY FOUR

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM and COVER REVEAL DAY FOUR

 

 

He likes streamline. She prefers embellishments. His forte is business. Hers is atmosphere. Will they realize each has what the other needs most to create the perfect romance with a touch of Jane Austen flair?

 

When a country girl travels to Bath, England to visit Jane Austen country, will a serious businessman ruin her regency-dream?

 

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. The third book in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer, released on December 6 with a 4 ½ star review from Romantic Times!! Her first contemporary novella released in March and her first romantic comedy, Just the Way You Are, came out in April 2017. Stay tuned for more books in the future – and make sure to connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

 

Cover reveal Saturday 12 May.

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Saturday 7 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – LINDA RODANTE and COVER REVEAL DAY ONE

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

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“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

 

SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – LINDA RODANTE and COVER REVEAL DAY ONE

 

 

My friend, Catherine (name changed), had decided to end her life.

 

After many physical problems that included diabetes, a brain bleed, broken bones, and amputation of her legs below her knees, she decided to stop her dialysis knowing it would lead to death.

 

What do you say in that circumstance? What do you feel? My heart dropped to my feet and my body stilled. My thinking stopped. “You’re going to do what? But…” And silence followed on both ends of the telephone. I knew her situation. I knew why she would choose this, but my heart still fought it. “But Catherine—”

 

“Nothing will change my mind, and I didn’t call you for an argument. I called because…”

 

Silence again. We both knew why she’d called. We were friends, deep friends. We’d shared our hurts and sorrows for so long, all the things we couldn’t share with others. And we’d shared the joys, too.

 

It was not in my plans for Catherine to end her life, but God is bigger than our plans and our hardships; and He was big enough that day to get both Catherine and I through the hard process of saying goodbye. With her decision, she could live possibly a week or two, and she didn’t want to call again, didn’t want the heartache of saying goodbye again. It would be my last time to talk to her.

 

Catherine and I did not see eye-to-eye on lots of things and through the years we’d fought about some of those, but then we always took tentative steps back towards each other, forgiving each other and learning to be at peace with the things we did agree on.

 

Why are friendships so important?

 

Proverbs 18:24 NIV says that “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. And Proverbs 27:17 NIV says “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV states that “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

And Proverbs 22:24-25 NIV warns “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.”

 

The Bible also tells us that if you want friends, you must show yourself friendly—even if you have to come out of your comfort zone. You need to be willing to sacrifice for the other person, as that person hopefully will do for you; and you’ll need to overlook and forgive hard words and hard times, so that you can have someone special in your life, someone who will be there when you need them as you will be for them. Someone you can laugh with and cry with, someone who can point you to God in the worst times of your life. And then again, someone whom you will point to God, too, when they need it. Friendships are reciprocal relationships.

 

Ultimately, of course, God is our greatest friend. John 15:13 NIV states “Greater Love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” And Jesus did just that for us.

Linda K. Rodante is an author of Christian Romantic suspense novels and a lover of sweet tea. After growing up and raising a family in Florida, she now lives in the foothills of Tennessee. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today then adds an edge of mystery, suspense, and faith.

 

In my latest book, Pursued, I take a friendship that started when the girl was eleven and the boy seventeen and develop into a love story fifteen years later. However, a lot happens during those fifteen years—as it does in all relationships. Forgiveness plays a large part. Here’s a short blurb: Dr. Chase Richards has fled his Christian roots, but he’s returning to his home town in Tennessee to make amends. Only the girl he once loved is now a woman—and she wants nothing to do with him. In addition, the opioid study he started and left in Virginia has followed him across state lines. Because of it, his life’s in danger—and now, so is Cristina’s. Can he win her back and discover who’s trying to kill them before she becomes collateral damage?

 

**Extra Bonus** Pursued is FREE today on Amazon.  Find it here: http://amzn.to/2CjiXsH

Linda’s other books can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-K.-Rodante/e/B012OITZ2Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1525224809&sr=1-2-ent

She also has an author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindakrodante/ and is on twitter at https://twitter.com/lrodante

 

Cover reveal Saturday 12 May.

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Saturday 5 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT and COVER REVEAL DAY ONE

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

 

SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT and COVER REVEAL DAY ONE

 

I had heard, of course, rumors and scuttlebutt of Monsieur Fontaine as I scuttled about town. And as I knew him to be significant somehow to Lissette’s manipulations, I paid special attention whenever I heard his name mentioned.

He gambles, and evidently not very well; he loses more than he wins.

He has lost nearly everything he owned, and has suffered beatings and worse when he had nothing to offer as payment. How he came away with his life—on more than one occasion apparently—was a mystery and a miracle.

But the curiouser bits I heard were of days when he’d not been such the tyrant. When he had been an upstanding person in the community.

The vineyards had thrived then, producing a fine and abundant crop, and LeNuit wine, a wine I had had the pleasure of tasting on many occasions.

I heard the rumors of a ghost in the house, Bastille, and howling in the night. A woman traipsing about in her nightclothes, a woman who drove the horses in the ditch and burned the vineyards.

And I heard of a fire in the house, also at the hand of the woman.

But I never heard the name of the woman—and wondered had it been Lissette.

Was Fontaine the A.F. of her letters? Was he her brother? And what had happened to turn him from a happy man to the monster I now heard tell of?

More importantly, had it been from some deed at Lissette’s hand?.

 

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

 

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

 

Cover reveal Saturday 12 May.

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

 

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